Talking about later life sexuality and gender identity within general practice

Toze, Michael (2016) Talking about later life sexuality and gender identity within general practice. In: Durham Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities, 21 - 22 July 2016, Durham.

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Abstract

Experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) older people within healthcare remains under-researched, despite evidence of increased risk of mortality and morbidity in LGBT populations (Williams et al., 2013; Addis et. al, 2009). Voluntary sector surveys (River, 2011; Guasp, undated) highlight fear of discrimination and perceived lack of sensitivity to needs. However, there remains a lack of research which takes into account older LGB&T people’s strategies for navigating general practice care, and which considers the diversity of experiences within this population group.
My research explores older LGB&T people’s perspectives and experiences regarding general practice, and explores some of the themes underpinning discussions around sexuality and gender identity in healthcare. The research is focused around in-depth qualitative interviews, being undertaken throughout the UK, in both urban and rural areas. At present, 34 out of a planned 40 interviews have been completed, and initial analysis is underway.
Exploring older LGB&T people’s perspectives on general practice care provides a greater understanding of how issues of sexuality and gender interact with healthcare. It also allows for practical discussion as to how health services can practically support older LGB&T service users.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop contribution (Presentation)
Keywords:LGBT health issues
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B990 Subjects Allied to Medicine not elsewhere classified
L Social studies > L216 Feminism
L Social studies > L320 Gender studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:25350
Deposited By: Michael Toze
Deposited On:15 Feb 2017 09:57
Last Modified:15 Feb 2017 09:57

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